SUNYIT will start the 2013-2014 academic year with a new president. Effective August 1, Robert Geer assumed his role as President of SUNYIT after leaving the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE) in Albany.

Geer, who holds a Ph.D. in condensed matter physics from the University of Minnesota succeeds SUNYIT's fifth president, Bjong Wolf Yeigh, who resigned to accept the Chancellor position at the University of Washington, Bothell.

Geer is Vice President for Academic Affairs and Chief Academic office as well as a founding faculty member of the CNSE.

"I look forward to working with SUNYIT students, faculty and staff during this exciting time of institutional growth and development," Geer said. "SUNYIT is a valuable and growing member of the SUNY family, and I am pleased and privileged to to have the opportunity to serve as it's leader."

At SUNYIT he will guide development of the Quad-C, a $125 million complex that will create high-tech jobs and attract businesses from the world over to conduct research and manufacturing activities.